TIPS FOR BEING A MODERN GENTLEMAN
Any piece of garment will need proper care, a suit is no exception.
Whether it is a business or a casual suit; taking good care of your garment will elevate your style and class.
If you are unsure where to start, here's a basic guide to get you started.
1. A suit should never be worn for more than 2 days straight.
Many high quality suits are generally made of wool, silk, mohair or Flannel. The suits will slightly change in shape after wearing; it is best to let the garment rest and revert to its natural shape first before wearing it again.
2. Dust is the biggest enemy of suits.
To retain a suit's condition, brushing the dust off the suit frequently is recommended. The types of dust and stains may be different depending on the material of the suit, some might be hard to brush off - using adhesive tapes to get them off is very effective.
3. When your suit is soaked by water or rain, it is important that you use a clean and dry white towel /cloth to dry up your suit. Then, iron your suit with a clean, white cloth on top to prevent losing its shape.
Finally, it is good to hang your suit with a hanger that has the appropriate shoulder width and slopes to avoid leaving the outline of the hanger on your suit.
A suit can be a reflection of a person's taste, background; or even social class. Wearing a suit can be seen as a sign of respect, especially on formal occasions. Suits were originally from the British Royalty, worn by the Royal family and aristocrats; now, every person is able to wear one regardless of their social class. But, it is very important to pay attention to the rules and etiquettes of wearing a suit.
Some tips on how to wear a suit properly:
1. Picking the colour of the suit - Asian skin tones
For Asians, especially East-Asians who tend to have a yellow skin tone; it is better to avoid colours such as, yellow, purple and green when picking a suit; unless you are experienced in matching the colours. Navy, dark grey and neutral colours are greater choices for such individuals. For the gentlemen that have slightly darker skin tones, neutral and lighter colours are more suitable.
2. How many buttons?.
Whether your suit jacket has 2, or 3 buttons; the bottom button should never be fastened under any circumstances. Also, when wearing a vest, fasten all but the bottom button.
3. Socks guide
The colour of the socks is a crucial detail that one cannot miss, they could either match the colour of the trousers or in similar colour scale. Dark coloured socks go with dark suits, light coloured suits go with lighter socks; remember to avoid matching a pair of light coloured socks with a dark suit. Also, avoid white socks at all cost. In terms of the length, the socks should go up to your mid calves, it is acceptable to be longer than that, but never shorter.
4. Tie length and width
The width of your tie should match the width of the suit lapels; in terms of the length, the tie should reach your belt area when standing. Important note - the colour of your tie should always be darker than your shirt.
CHECKS, STRIPES OR PLAIN?
When deciding on the patterns of your first suit, plain fabrics would be your best pick. Why? Style starts with simplicity; when a suit is not tight, but well-fitted, also paired with classic details - Even a plain patterned suit is a simple, yet stylish choice for you.
When getting a made-to-measure or a bespoke suit. It is important to avoid rushing in the process; since you will learn more about your own preference for suit-cuts and fabrics over time. Therefore, you are less likely to have buyer's remorse in this case.
Herringbone is also a good choice because it adds playfulness in a plain fabric, yet retains its formality.
Because of the movies "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", Pin-striped suits, especially double-breasted, have became a lot more popular. However, I would recommend saving the Pin-stripes for the more formal occasion; since a Pin-striped suit gives a sense of high formality. Not only that, the suit can only be worn as a full-suit generally and cannot be broken up as separate pieces; which makes it less versatile, unless you have a wide collection of suits.
Many customers seem to like checked patterns, but there are wide varieties of checks to pick from. One of them would be the "Glenurquhart Plaid"; which was created by Edward the VII - hence the name "Price of Wales Check". Another popular choice would be the "Windowpane Checks"; the checks are formed by minimalistic and simple lines, along with ones that are different in size and colour. One can never have enough Windowpane suits because of the versatility that they bring!